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Cyber Slaves: Indian Victims in Cambodia

Thousands of Indian citizens are facing a harrowing ordeal in Cambodia, where they've been held against their will and forced into committing cyber frauds targeting people back home in India. The staggering losses from these fraudulent activities are estimated to be around Rs 500 crore over the past six months alone.

In response to this distressing situation, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) recently convened a crucial meeting with representatives from various ministries and security experts. Their goal? To craft a strategic rescue plan for our compatriots trapped in Cambodia.

Imagine this: individuals from the southern corners of India were enticed with promises of lucrative data entry jobs in Cambodia. But upon reaching there, their dreams turned into nightmares as they were coerced into carrying out cyber scams, ranging from posing as law enforcement officials to cooking up stories about suspicious packages to extort money.

Fortunately, there have been some rays of hope amidst this darkness. Three brave souls from Bengaluru who were held captive in Cambodia have been successfully brought back home. This breakthrough came after the Rourkela Police in Odisha cracked down on a cyber-crime syndicate, leading to the arrest of eight individuals involved in orchestrating these deceitful trips to Cambodia.

Dr. Arathi Krishna, Deputy Chairman of the Non-Resident Indian Forum of the Government of Karnataka (NRIFK), shared heartening news of three more individuals from Karnataka being rescued from the clutches of Cambodia. This wouldn't have been possible without the tireless collaboration between NRIFK, the MEA, and Indian embassy in Cambodia.

Stephen's story shines a light on the grim reality faced by these victims. What was sold to him as a promising data entry job turned out to be a nightmare of fraudulent activities. The perpetrators didn't stop at mere coercion; they resorted to withholding basic necessities until their victims complied with their demands.

Upasana Padhi, a dedicated officer from Rourkela, provided further insights into the sinister workings of this scam. Innocent men were deceived into believing they were securing job opportunities, only to be plunged into a world of exploitation and coercion.

But amidst these challenges, there's a collective effort underway to rescue more victims and bring the masterminds of these cyber scams to justice. Our resolve to combat cybercrime and protect our vulnerable citizens has never been stronger.

This evolving saga serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for united efforts to safeguard our people from falling prey to such heinous activities. Together, we can make a difference and ensure a safer future for all.


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